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INDO-SIN­GA­PORE NAVAL EX­ER­CISE SIM­BEX-17

the Bi­lat­eral Naval Ex­er­cise be­tween Navies of the repub­lic of Sin­ga­pore and In­dia, SIM­BEX-17, was held in the South China Sea. In­dian Navy was rep­re­sented by lNS Shiva­lik, Sahyadri, Jy­oti and Kamorta and one P8-I mar­itime pa­trol and anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare air­craft. Sin­ga­pore Navy was rep­re­sented by rSN Ships Supreme, For­mi­da­ble and Vic­tory and Mar­itime Pa­trol Air­craft Fokker F50 in ad­di­tion to the rSAF F-16 air­craft. Bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Sin­ga­pore and In­dia was first for­malised when rSN ships be­gan train­ing with the In­dian Navy in 1994.

IN­DIA AND IS­RAEL’S BARAK-8 SAM DE­VEL­OP­MENT PROJECT

Is­rael Aero­space In­dus­tries (IAI) has been awarded an ad­di­tional con­tract by the In­dian gov­ern­ment to sup­ply air and de­fense mis­sile sys­tems for four ships of the In­dian Navy. Val­ued at an es­ti­mated $630 mil­lion, the agree­ment will in­clude lo­cal state-owned firm Bharat Elec­tron­ics Ltd, who will serve as the main con­trac­tor on the project un­der ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive. the deal fol­lows a $2 bil­lion one signed with IAI last month to sup­ply In­dia’s army and navy with mis­sile de­fense sys­tems.

IN­DIA AND FIJI SIGN MOU ON DE­FENCE CO­OP­ER­A­TION

the Min­is­ter of de­fence and Na­tional Se­cu­rity of Fiji, ratu Inoke Kubuabola ac­com­pa­nied by his del­e­ga­tion met the Min­is­ter of de­fence, Fi­nance and Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, Arun Jait­ley in New delhi on May 29. the Min­is­ters discussed ex­panded de­fence part­ner­ship in mar­itime se­cu­rity be­tween both the coun­tries, and naval co­op­er­a­tion was iden­ti­fied as an area of prom­ise. An MoU on de­fence co­op­er­a­tion en­vis­ag­ing sev­eral ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion in­clud­ing in de­fence in­dus­try, mil­i­tary train­ing and hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter man­age­ment was signed.

US NAVAL TRAIN­ING PACK­AGE FOR SAUDI ARA­BIA

the State de­part­ment has made a de­ter­mi­na­tion ap­prov­ing a pos­si­ble FMS to Saudi Ara­bia for a Navy blan­ket or­der train­ing pro­gramme. the es­ti­mated cost is $250 mil­lion. the dSC Agency de­liv­ered the re­quired cer­ti­fi­ca­tion no­ti­fy­ing Congress of this pos­si­ble sale on May 22, 2017. the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia has re­quested the con­tin­u­a­tion of a naval blan­ket or­der train­ing pro­gramme in­side and out­side of Saudi Ara­bia that in­cludes, but is not limited to English Lan­guage train­ing, pro­fes­sional mil­i­tary ed­u­ca­tion, tech­ni­cal train­ing, pub­li­ca­tions and tech­ni­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion, uS Gov­ern­ment and con­trac­tor engi­neer­ing, tech­ni­cal and lo­gis­tics sup­port ser­vices, and other re­lated el­e­ments of lo­gis­ti­cal and pro­gramme sup­port.

RUS­SIA TO FO­CUS ON FRI­GATES AND CORVETTES IN THE FU­TURE

the new rus­sian ar­ma­ments pro­gramme calls for a grad­ual re­duc­tion in mod­erni­sa­tion of old ar­ma­ments and pri­ori­tises the con­struc­tion of new war­ships for the Navy, rus­sian deputy Prime Min­is­ter dmitry ro­gozin told rus­sia 1 tV chan­nel. A source in the mil­i­tary-de­fense com­plex ear­lier told tASS that in the com­ing years rus­sia will be build­ing fri­gates and corvettes armed with high-pre­ci­sion guided mis­siles. “We have to first and fore­most build corvettes and fri­gates and stop think­ing about universal land­ing ships which ful­fil mostly trans­porta­tion rather than com­bat tasks. Corvettes and fri­gates are the max­i­mum we can af­ford at present. the eco­nomic po­ten­tial of the coun­try does not al­low build­ing big­ger ships such as de­stroy­ers,” he said.

SEA KING HE­LI­COPTERS FOR­MALLY HANDED OVER TO PAK­ISTAN NAVY

Sea King he­li­copters pur­chased from the uK were for­mally handed over to Pak­istan Navy on May 24, 2017, in a cer­e­mony at­tended by Pak­istan High Com­mis­sioner to the uK. Con­tract for pur­chase of seven he­li­copters was signed last year. A sep­a­rate con­tract was signed with Vec­tor Aero­space for maintenance of the air­craft be­fore be­ing shipped to Pak­istan later this year.

Pak­istan High Com­mis­sioner thanked the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the uK Mod, Leonardo and Vec­tor Aero­space for their sup­port in mak­ing this project a suc­cess and hoped that the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two Armed Forces would con­tinue to grow in fu­ture.

WASH­ING­TON SUB­MA­RINE DE­LIV­ERED TO THE US NAVY

the Vir­ginia-class, on May 26. Wash­ing­ton is the fourth of eight Vir­ginia-class Block III sub­marines and the sev­enth of the class to be de­liv­ered to the Navy by Huntington In­galls In­dus­tries — New­port News Ship­build­ing in New­port News, Vir­ginia. Wash­ing­ton be­gan con­struc­tion in Septem­ber 2011 and will be com­mis­sioned later this year in Nor­folk, Vir­ginia.

Wash­ing­ton suc­cess­fully com­pleted the Board of In­spec­tion and Sur­vey (INSurV) tri­als ear­lier this month re­ceiv­ing a score of 96 out of 100, the high­est score to date on any new con­struc­tion Vir­ginia-class sub­ma­rine. Block III sub­marines fea­ture a re­designed bow, which re­places 12 in­di­vid­ual launch tubes with two large-di­am­e­ter Vir­ginia Pay­load tubes, each ca­pa­ble of launch­ing six tom­a­hawk cruise mis­siles.

US TRANS­FERS HIGH EN­DURANCE CUT­TER TO VIET­NAM COAST GUARD

the uS Coast Guard trans­ferred a High En­durance Cut­ter to the Viet­nam Coast Guard dur­ing a cer­e­mony in Honolulu re­cently. the ship, which will be re­named CSB 8020, is ex­pected to im­prove the Viet­nam Coast Guard’s mar­itime do­main aware­ness, in­crease its ca­pac­ity to per­form mar­itime law en­force­ment op­er­a­tions, and con­duct search and rescue and other hu­man­i­tar­ian re­sponse op­er­a­tions.

Mem­bers of the Viet­nam coast guard em­bark CSB-8020 dur­ing a trans­fer of com­mand cer­e­mony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, May 25, 2017. Af­ter nearly 50 years of ser­vice in the uS Coast Guard, the for­mer Coast Guard Cut­ter Mor­gen­thau was of­fi­cially trans­ferred to the Viet­nam coast guard un­der the name CSB-8020.

IN­DIAN NAVY’S OVER­SEAS DE­PLOY­MENT

Jed­dah, Saudi Ara­bia. As part of the In­dian Navy’s over­seas de­ploy­ment to the West Coast of Africa and the Mediter­ranean Sea, three In­dian war­ships, INS Mum­bai, INS tr­ishul and INS Aditya, ar­rived at Jed­dah on May 16, 2017, for a three-day visit. the war­ships en­gaged ex­ten­sively with the Saudi Ara­bian Navy dur­ing their stay in the coun­try. In­dia and Saudi Ara­bia en­joy cor­dial and friendly re­la­tions, re­flect­ing cen­turies old eco­nomic and so­cio-cul­tural ties. the 1.8 mil­lion–strong In­dian com­mu­nity in SaudiAra­bia is the largest ex­pa­tri­ate com­mu­nity in the King­dom and is the ‘most pre­ferred com­mu­nity’ due to their ex­per­tise, sense of dis­ci­pline, and law abid­ing na­ture.

Kuan­tan, Mala­sia. INS Shiva­lik and Jy­oti are on an over­seas de­ploy­ment to the South East Asia and South­ern In­dian ocean. they vis­ited Kuan­tan from May 14 to 19, 2017. INS Kora, an in­dige­nously built corvette had re­cently par­tic­i­pated in LIMA-17.

Yan­gon, Myan­mar. In­dian Navy’s front line guided mis­sile de­stroyer INS ra­jput, en­tered Yan­gon, Myan­mar for an op­er­a­tional turn around (otr) from May 11 to 13, 2017. the otr in­volved ex­change of vis­its to their train­ing com­mand and Myan­mar Navy of­fi­cers, sailors and cadets vis­it­ing the ship. Of­fi­cers and sailors from INS ra­jput also vis­ited thanlyin or­phan­age School and dis­trib­uted note­books, sta­tion­ary and food pack­ets to the stu­dents of the or­phan­age as a good will ges­ture.

the uS Navy has ac­cepted de­liv­ery of Wash­ing­ton (SSN 787), the 14th sub­ma­rine of

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